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Emerging Directors Initiative 

Initiative: the power or opportunity to act or take charge before others do.

The Lyric Repertory Company is dedicated to the mentorship and cultivation of new directors from under-represented populations (female-identifying and/or people of color).  We recognize the power and value of investing in the future artists of live theatre, and in response have created an Emerging Directors Initiative (EDI).  Our initiative is designed specifically for MFA directing students in their second or third year of training who wish to pursue a professional career in the theatre as a stage director. 

For our 2020 season, Lyric Rep is looking for an EDI candidate to serve as Assistant Director on two assigned Lyric Rep productions, and to Direct our staged reading of The Thanksgiving Play

DATES OF COMMITMENT:  On-site residency required May 10 – July 7, 2020. 

                                              [Pre-season preparation not included in these dates.]



  • Assistant Direct Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon, directed by Adrianne Moore; produced in the Caine Lyric Theatre.
  • Assistant Direct All Shook Up by Joe DiPietro, directed by Andrew Lewis; produced in the Morgan Theatre.
  • Direct the staged reading of The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse; produced in the Black Box Theatre. Under the mentorship of either the Producer, Artistic Director or Associate Artistic Director, the selected candidate will be assigned a cast, a rehearsal schedule and a Stage Manager. Addition information regarding show elements will be given to the selected candidate.


The Emerging Director will be provided a modest stipend, round trip travel, and shared housing for the length of their contract.

For more information or to submit your application, email, subject line: EDI